Bonedale Bike Week starts today, informally |

Bonedale Bike Week starts today, informally

John ColsonPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The fifth annual Bonedale Bike Week celebration, which spotlights what organizers call “the greatest way to get around Carbondale – the bicycle,” is officially scheduled for May 14-18.But according to founder and volunteer organizer Tracy Wilson, the informal kickoff will be today with a Slow Bike Race at noon in Sopris Park, as part of the Dandelion Day celebration.Wilson said there also will be a midnight showing of the popular cult film, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” at The Blend coffee shop on Highway 133. “It’s mostly a celebration, calling attention to folks who love commuting by bicycle, particularly in Carbondale,” said organizer Darryl Fuller, who works at Colorado Rocky Mountain School and volunteers his time for Bike Week.The official schedule covers a week-long series of events taking place at various locations in Carbondale.From 7-9 a.m. all five days of Bike Week, cyclists can stop by the corner of Fourth and Main for free coffee, tea and other refreshments courtesy of local coffee shops and other sponsors.Bike Week events include a limerick and poetry contest, bike scavenger hunt that sends cyclists roaming around town searching out clues, and a Pedal Parade.The Grand Finale of the week, to be held at the Carbondale Recreation Center, will feature a live band, food and drinks, and the conclusion of the “COREmmuter Challenge,” a three-week program by the Community Office of Resource Efficiency (CORE).The challenge has been for residents of different communities up and down the Roaring Fork Valley to compete to log the highest number of commuting miles using a bicycle or other alternatives to the private car.The winner, according to Fuller, will be announced at the Grand Finale event.

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